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Major Edward J. Gignac's P-47 Thunderbolt (PZ-G, serial number 42-22548), named "Gig's-Up", after a landing accident at Bodney air base, 11 February 1944. Gignac was a pilot with the 486th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group.



  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron


  • Edward Gignac

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Edward Gignac was one of the top ski jumpers in the country pre-war, and had lived in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He attended Kimball Union Academy and Middlebury College, both in skiing scholarships. Enlisting in the Air Corps in April 1941, he served in...



  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:36 AAM AAM ingest

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